It’s Easier to Dance is the remarkable memoir from author Annie L. Harris, a woman born in the late 1940s with cerebral palsy. This extraordinary book is the first of its kind to provide a chronological view of the historical development of the civil rights movement through three different lenses: those of a woman, a minority, and someone living with a developmental disability.
This insightful and unflinching account of Harris’s life over the past sixty years reveals not only her heartache and pain but also her hope and triumph.
Chapters such as “Ticket to Freedom,” “A Change in Identity,” and “My Life’s Rhythm” reveal a complex woman who has lived a life in defiance of ongoing social stereotypes and barriers. Told in a warm, candid, conversational style, Harris offers a compelling window into a world rarely seen as she uncompromisingly tackles issues of equity, education, sex, relationships, kindness, belief in the supernatural, and the power of love.
In the vein of inspirational works by Helen Keller, Maya Angelou, and Oprah Winfrey, Harris’s absorbing story encourages us all to look past our physical trappings, speak in our own voice, and believe those who speak for themselves.
“Disabled Black Woman Triumphs Over Her Problems”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Barbara Fifield
Annie Laurie Harris, the author of “It’s Easier To Dance,” has written an engaging memoir of growing up in the 1960’s and overcoming prejudices of being an Afro-American woman, born with cerebral palsy. Ms. Harris graduated from Penn State with a Master’s degree in Education and became an overwhelming success working with alcoholics, those with HIV and physical disabilities. This book is a heartwarming story of how Ms. Harris overcame her many hurdles along the way. Barbara Fifield, author of “Photographs and Memories.”
About the Author
Author Annie L. Harris is the oldest member of her ethnicity living independently with cerebral palsy. She has been a lifelong advocate for women living on the margins of society and has over forty years of experience as a disability rights activist.
She graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1985 with a master’s degree in counselor education and worked as a clinician with the chemically dependent. In 1990, Harris was recruited to become a member of the management team at the prestigious World Institute on Disability as part of the first HIV/Disability Project.
She continues to challenge societal stereotypes of those with disabilities, working to see that higher education institutions and employers follow federal laws and regulations.
It’s Easier to Dance was written to educate, encourage, and inspire others who live with complex, chronic health conditions that carry a distinct social stigma.
For more information, please visit annie-facingchallenges.blogspot.com.